JAPANESE ELECTRONICS FIRM Sony is shutting the door on its Minidisc player and will not be producing stereo system hardware anymore.
The Minidisc player launched in the early 1990s, after the tape Walkman but in the early days of the mobile CD player. While it was smaller, neater and less likely to skip than the CD player, it was also a lot less likely to be seen than the CD player.
Those that had a Minidisc player were often happy with their purchase, many still use them, but those that had them were in the minority. The Minidisc tried to become popular before the launch of the iPod, but it didn't. It is unlikely to do so in the future.
So two decades after it launched the first Minidisc player , Sony is holding a quiet, solemn and so far, very private ceremony over its passing.
A report on Japanese website Asahi.com was first with the news about the death of the Minidisc stereo system and its report has been picked up widely.
We can't see a confirmation from Sony anywhere yet, and have contacted Sony in the UK to see if it has anything to say. It told us that Sony has not sold the hardware in the UK for years.
In the meantime, the Asahi report, translated from Japanese, says that production will continue until March and then stop. µ